Police: Husband and wife mechanics from southern Israel made millions defrauding customers with shoddy repairs

November 11, 2013 15:37

A husband and wife from southern Israel were arrested on Monday along with fourteen other suspects, for allegedly running a multi-million shekels scam for several years, defrauding what police believe are possibly hundreds of people who brought their cars in for repairs.

According to Tzion Dadon, Deputy Commander of the ETGAR anti-car theft unit of the LAHAV 433 national investigative unit, the couple ran an auto repair garage which would work on cars brought in after serious road accidents. The couple is believed to have patched up the cars with stolen parts bought in the West Bank and elsewhere, and then falsifying receipts showing the parts as legally bought.

Dadon said the customers were not aware that the cars had been given subpar repairs, and that dozens if not hundreds of unsafe cars were returned to the street.

He added that the suspects are expected to appear to before court on Monday and that further arrests may be made in the investigation.

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